Monday, July 28, 2008

More rejections but hopeful.

Hi everyone,

Just thought I'd let you know that I got two more rejections on my book dummy, argh. The only good thing was that I didn't have to wait too long for a response. Woopedeee doo right. Only 3 weeks! I thought that was pretty amazing considering I've waited up to 4 months and other times never heard anything. Oh well, I'll be shipping them out again soon and just keep at it I guess. Other than that I've been enjoying studying for my art history course enormously ( I'm up to the Greeks, thus Athena above) eventhough much to my surprise everyone in my family is sick of me talking about all my renewed knowledge, hmm wonder why, too bad for them I say. OK enough feeling sorry for myself. On to the rest of the week! I think I'm going to put Samson to the side for a bit more and maybe come up with something new and different althogether in terms of an illo. We'll see. Hope you have a marvelous week my friends. Looking forward to more of your great illo's to stir the muses a bit.


  1. Giselle,
    Sorry to hear about your rejections but it just means you are working hard to put yourself out there. I still am afraid that I am not ready and I haven't submitted anything yet, I am chicken lately but you are inspiring me! I admire your courage, hang in there!

    I really love the feel of this piece. I have always been partial to pencil illustrations. I just love the way you mixed the use of different types of pencil line with the soft smudges of the shadows.I also think the view with her head slightly tilted down is wonderful... it is a very emotional piece!
    Just a little thing I noticed...with the view you have based on the upper part of the face, would you be able to see that portion of cheek beyond the bottom of the nose and mouth? It was just a minor thing but overall
    I really like this. I find myself staring at it trying to figure out what she must be thinking. Great piece!


  2. Hi Giselle,

    I hope you aren't feeling too discouraged! There are a lot of different publishing houses out there and I really think that if you keep sending it out Little Red Riding Hood will find her match! You are a very talented illustrator and don't let yourself forget it! Your art history class sounds like a lot of fun. I loved taking that class in school and really miss learning about all the different periods and movements. I've also noticed that I've forgotten many of the names of artists that I used to know so much about:-P Maybe I should take a class at the community college to brush up again. It would be fun to take a class that you don't have to worry about what your grade will be!:-) I hope you don't decide to put Samson aside permanently, although I know that feeling of needing a break. Good luck and I hope this week is more encouraging for you!

  3. Hi Giselle, Sorry to hear about your rejections, but, don't take it all to heart. Your illustration work is beautiful so don't give up. I really think one of the reasons you may be getting so many rejections on Red is that there are so many Red Riding Hood's out there already. I notice almost everytime I go on the SCBWI Discussions Boards, there seems to be another illustrator who has a Red Riding Hood PB dummy they're posting for critiques. And rembember what SCBWI and the Children's Writers and Illustrators Market says, one of the main reason editors turn down books is because they already have other books similar to that on their list. It's kind of like going to an audition - it doesn't matter how good an actor you are, but, do you have the right look, the right color hair, eyes, age, etc... So, I say, just keep shipping her out and instead of putting Samson aside, I'd go forward with him, (take your time if you like) and focus on making him your next submission. Since Samson is your original story, and he's so charming, I'm sure you'll have a better chance of getting him accepted. And the kids will love him for sure. At least you have Red Riding Hood for your portfolio, which is a big plus. I'd also keep working on more illustrations for portfolio samples as well -and don't forget to get a new promo piece out for the Fall. Well, that's my motivation speech for tonight, but, please keep illustrating while getting ready for school - your style is awesome and needs to get out there! Remember the 3 P's - Professionalism, Persistance and Patience, Patience, Patience. Good luck and may the force be with you.... Chris

  4. Hi Giselle,
    What was it that Calvin Coolidge said, "Nothing can take the place of persistence..."
    I am so anxious to see what you will come up with next. Sometimes you just need to work on something new but I agree that Samson is worth getting back to as soon as you can. I remember reading that you should always have something moving forward, which is exactly what you're doing. Finish a project, get it out, move on to the next.
    So why aren'twe getting the emails- do you scrub that idea?
    Just curious. Can't wait to see your stuff next week.

  5. Hi Giselle, What is your book dummy about? rejections are a necessary evil to find the right publisher.

    I do love all the Greeks so you can talk endlessly about them to me. I was working on a satirical greek mythology alphabet book but then there seemed to be this explosion of greek mythology books on the market so I put it on the back burner. Have you notice that? Anyway, I like how you focused on her eyes, nose and mouth and just suggested her hair. Overall, it has a very soft feel to it.